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Texas Auto Writers Awards: The Complete List

Texas Auto Writers Awards: The Complete List

Each fall, more than 50 Texas Auto Writers Association automotive journalists and 100-plus manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs. Although the Texas Truck Rodeo has been held at various locations throughout the state, its current home is the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas, just north of San Antonio.  

I was unable to participate in the Rodeo this year, but I am a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association. – Jerry Reynolds 

Results from the Texas Truck Rodeo are widely covered in national publications such as Motor Trend, Consumer Reports and USA Today.

Manufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn at the Texas Truck Rodeo and often mention the honors in their promotional material.

Here are this year’s winners by category.  The Car Pro team congratulates all who participated!

Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle

  1. 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
  2. 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited FWD
  3. 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD & Lounge FWD

Mid-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles

  1. 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum
  2. 2016 Kia Sorento SX V6 AWD
  3. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T

Full-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD
  2. 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum
  3. 2016 Honda Pilot Elite

Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Volvo XC90 T6
  2. 2016 Lexus RX 450h & RX 350
  3. 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve & Black Label

Compact Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk & Limited
  2. 2015 Nissan Rogue SV FWD
  3. 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line with 4Motion

Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 & High Altit…
  2. 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2015 Dodge Durango R/T AWD & Citadel AWD
  2. 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
  3. 2016 GM Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD LTZ

Compact Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX
  2. 2016 GM GMC Terrain AWD Denali

Mid-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4
  2. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

Full-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Lexus LX 570
  2. 2016 GM GMC Yukon XL Denali
  3. 2016 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Off-Road Utility Vehicles

  1. 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock & W…
  2. 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Mid-Size Pickup Trucks

  1. 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road & TRD Sport & Limi…
  2. 2016 GM Chevrolet Colorado Diesel AWD Crew Cab Sho…
  3. 2015 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

Full-Size Pickup Trucks

  1. 2016 Ram Truck 1500 Rebel
  2. 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve
  3. 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 Lariat & Lariat Spec…

Luxury Pickup Trucks

  1. 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve
  2. 2016 Ram Truck 1500 Limited EcoDiesel
  3. 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 Limited

Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks

  1. 2016 Ram Truck 2500 Laramie Longhorn
  2. 2016 F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4×4 FX4
  3. 2016 GM Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Diesel

Off-Road Pickup Trucks

  1. 2016 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X
  2. 2016 Ram Truck Power Wagon SLT
  3. 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road

Best Powertrain Award

  1. Nissan Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel &  Aisin
  2. Volvo T6 Drive-E
  3. General Motors All-New 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel

Best Technology Award

  1. Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist
  2. Toyota Crawl Control (CRAWL)
  3. Nissan Trailer Light Check
Photo Credit: Texas Auto Writers Association